The Looking Glass Wars – by Frank Beddor

I really loved this book. The blurb on the back of the book tells of Alyss who is destined to be Queen of Wonderland. She flees to our world when her parents are murdered and then returns to Wonderland as an adult. The characters are described very well, the authors paints a very different Wonderland to the one we know and love.

I particularly like the new characters of the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. The Mad Hatter is turned into Hatter Madigan aligned to the White Queen –  Alyss’ mother, he is a palace bodyguard. The Cheshire Cat is changed into ‘the cat’, a silent assassian who is renowned for his murderous skill.

The author does a good job of creating the new Wonderland which is much more technically advanced than the Victorian world that Alyss seeks refuge in until she is an adult.

I would recommend this book highly, it would suit a reader between the ages of 11 and 16 boy and girl alike.

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